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Southwest Aerial of Grand Cayman by Courtney Platt

Why Grand Cayman?


Sun is shining, the weather is sweet.
Winter or summer, our climate varies by only 10 degrees on average making Grand Cayman enjoyable year-round.


World-class snorkeling, scuba diving, & kite-boarding are just the beginning. Sting Ray City, Starfish Point, the Cayman Turtle Centre, & bioluminescent kayak tours offer unparalleled wildlife encounters.

Daily Flights

A world away, but closer than you think.  With over 9 airlines flying non-stop from 20+ gateway cities across North America, getting to Grand Cayman has never been easier.

Economic Vitality

Grand Cayman is a world-recognized, top-10 global financial center. Tourism, banking, insurance, and real estate drive the economy making the island financially self-sufficient.

Political Stability

An overseas British territory, Grand Cayman is a parliamentary democracy with an English common law legal system. With less than 3% unemployment, the island enjoys a low crime rate & high standard of living.

Modern Tech

Internet access is offered throughout the island with many resorts, villas, & public spaces WiFi enabled. Most US-based mobile phones work on the island’s cellular & data networks so you’ll always stay connected.

Frequently Asked Questions

Silver Thatch Guest Services

Leave the heavy fins & snorkel gear at home!  We know how hard it can be to pack for vacation.  That’s why we provide an array of complimentary items to enhance your vacation experience.

Upon arrival at our Silver Thatch Welcome Center, guests can select from a variety of free check-out items for use during their stay:

  • ScubaPro snorkel equipment – kids to adult sizes
  • Baby equipment- from booster seats to baby gates, Pack-n-Plays and high-chairs
  • Apple TVs to stream your favorite shows and movies
  • Portable bluetooth speakers to enjoy your favorite tunes and playlists
  • Beverage coolers, Keurig coffee makers, and other small convenience items
  • Shower chairs, portable fans, games, etc.

Available free to our guests, we only ask that you sign and return all check-out items and accept liability for their care and use. 

Our villa guests are also provided a personalized Guest Benefit Card that can save them hundreds of dollars at preferred-vendor restaurants, water-sports operators and specialty vendors throughout Grand Cayman.  Details provided at check in.

The short answer, unfortunately, is no. The only way to have a perfect sandy beach is to not have a vibrant coral reef nearby.  While the west-facing beaches of Rum Point and Seven Mile Beach offer the perfect barefoot swimming experience, you won’t find much to discover underwater.  The best snorkeling is found on the north, south, and east coasts of the island where the protective coral reef provides sanctuary for a wide variety of marine life.  These areas also have pockets of natural beach with plenty of sand as well.  You just can’t expect to have 100% of both in the same area.

We recommend guests choose their accommodations first based on whether they need a 2-8 bedroom private villa, or a 1-4 bedroom condo with shared amenities, then factor for location and value.  Please, don’t be shy to ask us for suggestions!  We can help steer you to the right villa based on your preferences and expectations.  Our reservations and on-island staff know the island and these waters intimately!

To be in the epicenter of Cayman’s more active lifestyle, you really need to book a condo or villa on Seven Mile Beach.  But be advised, you’ll also be in the midst of the crowds, traffic, construction and congestion. The better restaurants will require reservations and what few beach bars and dance clubs there are will close at midnight.  What action there is here can be rather subdued compared to big-city nightlife in the US or Canada.

Grand Cayman is a family-friendly island with plenty of attractions, restaurants, resorts, and activities to keep you busy whether you stay near Seven Mile Beach, or across the eastern districts.  If you elect to stay on Seven Mile Beach, we encourage you to rent a car and explore the eastern districts one day…and vice-versa.  It’s just two very different vacation experiences all available on this small Caribbean paradise.

Shipping charges to Grand Cayman are very expensive, especially for heavy items.  On top of that, you can expect to pay up to 22% import taxes.  Overall, with the chance for loss, delay or pilferage, it’s just not worth the extra costs and headache unless critically necessary. 

For wines and spirits, we suggest visiting our preferred vendor and Silver Thatch neighbor Jacques Scott, the island’s largest purveyor of premium wine, beer and spirits.  Jacques Scott also takes pre-orders for pick up at our Silver Thatch Welcome Center, or pre-arranged delivery to your villa after arrival.

Gourmet frozen meats like tenderloin, ribs, steaks, etc. can be packed in a cooler and checked in on your flight as luggage so long as it is not packed with dry ice. Customs requires the meat to be wrapped in the original USDA packaging, so leave those home-made venison steaks at home.  If questioned, just declare that it is “for personal consumption” while on island.

Absolutely! We recommend Hurley’s and Kirk Market. They both do a great job, know all the properties and their managers, and can make a great first impression.

Sadly, the most common answer is no.

Nearly all villas and condos have a strict no pets policy.  Similarly, the Cayman government follows a very strict veterinary protocol for the importation of live animals that requires a 6-month screening period.  You can review all the requirements & procedures for importing pets here.  

Note to private jet arrivals:  Should you arrive with an animal that has not been cleared in advance by the Government, there are no quarantine options.  You will be denied entry and instructed to immediately depart the island with your animal.

While citizens of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and most EU countries do not require a travel visa, passport holders from many Asian, African, and Middle East countries will need a travel visa to pass through Customs.  It is best to check the Cayman Islands’ government website about visa requirements.

Yes, water on Grand Cayman is safe to cook with and drink.  The Cayman Water Authority regulates 2 water purification companies that supply fresh drinking water across the island through underground pipes to each property & condo.  Visit for more information.